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Personal Touch Vol. 1: Toying With Pleasure

Studio: Adam & Eve » Review by Disco Dirge » Review Date: 12/25/07

XCritic's Advice: Highly Recommended

Genre: Straight Feature/Instructional
Director: Jayme Waxman
Cast: Jayme Waxman, Syren, Mia Smiles, Alexa Lynn, Rachel Luv, Veronica Rayne, Chris Cannon, Jake Vegas
Length: 119 min
Production Date: 2007
In a Nutshell – Well Done All Around
Professionally put together and very slick, the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen image looks excellent here. The transfer is terrific, with a great balance in the lighting and a nice control of colors and contrasts. The fleshtones look great and the direction really delivers. On the sound side, everything is easily discernible, and the music makes an impact but is not too intrusive.
In a Nutshell – Lots of Good Bonus Material Offered
Aside from the actual information inherent in the feature itself, there are quite a few interesting bits of added content here. Sure, there's standard stuff like galleries and trailers, but there's also a bonus scene (from Big City Nights ) and a funny Behind the Scenes featurette. As for the additional XXX material, we get Miko Sinz and Steven St. Croix experimenting with salad tossing, tit play, cunnilingus, blowjob, reverse cowgirl, cowgirl, scissors, doggy, pile driver, and a $hot to the mouth. It's a great scene, and captures the carnality we are about to witness with real precision.

First Impressions:
She's the Woodina Allen of wantonness, a self described sex-plorer hoping to cure frigid America of what ails them, fuck and suck speaking. She's noted author and pleasure expert Jayme Waxman, and she helms this Adam and Eve pitch porn (lots of company product on display for those eager to spend a little cash) with cockiness and cleverness. Focusing on the fun one can have with any number of novelty/toy items, we get discussions on dildos, the variables of vibrators, the straight dope on strap-ons, and the basics of bondage. Waxman wants to make this as fresh, fun, and non-confrontational as possible, and she quips away with humorous abandon. Sure, some of it is rather corny, and the desire to go too over the top and into hard sell mode can't be avoided. Still, for couples looking to explore the expanded dynamic of introducing props into their pump and stump, this is an excellent title to try. There is lots of good advice, plenty of practical examples, and just enough hardcore heat to keep the smut sizzling.
The Sex Scenes:

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We are dealing with a masturbation moment, a bit of girl/girl gratuity, and the passionate playfulness of two real life couples. All involve various accessories and gadgets to give the sequences more spice. Since everyone here is a pure breed specialist - no Pro Am talent present, sorry - we get industry standard sex. Nothing overly rough or repugnant, everything kept safe within the boundaries of good clean XXX fun. It's interesting to note how much palpable chemistry a viewer can witness between the actual paramours. They truly bring their bedroom to your living room in their fiery fuck sessions. Through it all, Waxman is guide, tease, indirect participant, and commentator. She does a great job of keeping the focus on education as well as eros.
Scene 1:Syren
Acts Performed:Self Satisfaction with Glass Dildo, Double Headed Dong, and Vibrating Rabbit
Score:2.5out of 5
Granted, this is just 20 minutes of a hot honey diddling herself, but Syren still has a few performance tricks up her twat. She really knows how to amplify arousal by pouring on the sex sounds. She moans like Donna Summer circa 1975. She's not afraid to loose her tools deep inside herself, and the shots we see of such personal puffing are really great. The only drawback, naturally, is the lack of dick. It's just too bad Ms. Waxman couldn't have provided her pal a little phallic follow-up. This would have made the sequence really steamy.
Scene 2:Mia Smiles, Chris Cannon
Acts Performed:Minor B&D, Kissing, Blind Folding, Foot Work, Toe Sucking, Feather Foreplay, Blowjob, Cunnilingus, Mish, Reverse Cowgirl, Doggy, Hair Pulling, $hot on Ass
Score:3out of 5
It's always interesting to witness real life porn star couples work together. For the viewer, the chance to see if they really have passion for each other - or are just going through the motions - makes these scenes twice as much fun. Mia and Chris are a delightful pair, each one obviously enjoying the other beyond the fucking on film principle. Their minor bondage play is non-threatening and very believable, and the last minute addition of a little hair pulling creates a really electric atmosphere. Completely in tune with each other's boundaries and exploring the outer regions of such extremes, this is a great sequence.
Scene 3:Alexa Lynn, Rachel Luv
Acts Performed:Kissing, Foreplay, Tit Play, Cunnilingus, Fingering, Strap-On Tit Fucking, Strap-On Doggy, Strap-On V to M, Strap-On Mish
Score:2.5out of 5
While the Dirge doesn't cotton to labored lesbian workouts, Alexa and Rachel really ratchet up the heat here. Must have something to do with all those tempting toys - and the substantive strap-on action. Both gals love the pseudo shaft, taking it with all the gusto they can muster. We also get some horndog pre-humping, a clear connection between the babes being formed right before our eyes. All in all, an above average Sappho segment with more than enough use of the title items to keep things visually arresting - and arousing.
Scene 4:Veronica Rayne, Jack Vegas
Acts Performed:Kissing, Tit Play, Blowjob, Cunnilingus, Vibrator Fun, Nut Job, Mish, V to M, Salad Tossing, Butt Plug Play, Doggy, Anal Beads Play, Anal Reverse Cowgirl, Anal Cowgirl, $hot on Chest
Score:2.5out of 5
Here's the problem with Veronica and Jack - they just don't use the anal toys enough. If you show off beads and a butt plug, we want LOTS of beads and butt plug. Instead, we get a single instance of each…and only from the female angle. At least Chris got all dolled up in handcuffs and blindfolds to simulate safe B&D. Only Ms. Rayne lets the rectal treats find their dumper destiny - how sad. Still, we get some excellent erotica out of the pair, proving once again that porn stars are equally adept at home as they are on the set. Though it starts out kind of slow, this final scene really finishes with a big booty bang.
Disco Dirge Peter Meter Rating:3.5 out of 5 (Highly Recommended)
Cohabitation Certification:Granted
Sometimes, we need an expert to corral in the more outlandish elements of hardcore pornography. As with efforts by Tristan Taormino, Nina Hartley, and real old schooler Marilyn Chambers, there is clearly nothing wrong with offering a little learning with your XXX action. And when its as informative and witty as Ms. Waxman's work here, it's easy to see why. Easily earning a Highly Recommended rating,Personal Touch is both terrific sex and in-depth insight. Couples will clearly gain a great deal by watching this detail oriented offering. Therefore, a Cohabitation Certification is not only warranted, but mandated. While it may seem silly for the seasoned hardcore addict to even think about a stylish slice of smut like this, there's no denying the passion produced in the four scenes here. Even if you could care less about toys, Jayme Waxman and her friends can show you a thing or two about interpersonal porking. All that's needed in a little 'personal touch'.

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